Finding out What is Best for You
According to a survey by the American Dental Association, dental implants have become the preferred choice among patients for tooth replacements, even though the procedure is expensive. Fortunately, a number of tooth replacement alternatives are available which are more cost effective than implants. Your options include partial dentures, full dentures and bridges. Delaying treatment may also be a short term option.
Why dental implants?
Dental implants are made from titanium posts connected directly to the jawbone. Implants are expensive because they are mainly made of titanium, a rare metal.
Implants feel natural due to its perfect fit, very much like that of normal teeth. They are comfortable even while chewing or talking and unnoticeable. Because of all these desirable qualities, implants have become very good substitute to natural teeth.
The procedure of implant dentistry is highly advanced, uses modern equipment and requires the skills of a specialized dental surgeon.
Implants are not for everyone
For the implant to be well supported, the gums and jaw bone should be in good condition. So, implants are not advisable for people who are not in the best of health.
Those who undergo this procedure should be sufficiently responsible to maintain proper dental hygiene. They should also be prepared for frequent dental check-ups.
Those with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, are advised not to undergo this procedure since their medical condition can hinder the healing process.
Are you ready for dental implants?
Your lifestyle and health should be right before you undergo this procedure. If you are interested in the replacement of a tooth with implants, consult your dentist who would determine whether you are healthy enough for this procedure.
Alternatives to dental implants
You can replace missing teeth with a number of other alternatives. Here are a few options:
A partial denture is a good alternative to implants especially if you have some intact teeth. It is placed on the gums with the use of clips or other special equipment.
A bridge is another possible alternative, especially in cases where the affected tooth is still surrounded by healthy teeth. There are a number of different types of bridges, but they all serve the purpose of bridging the gap between teeth where a tooth is missing. In all cases the neighboring teeth are used for support.
Full dentures replace all teeth. They may need replacing or realigning over time, as the shape of your jaws may change with aging.
Delayed treatment, although an alternative to dental implants, maybe on short term and is therefore not a recommended option.
Teeth, health and well being
The role teeth play in maintaining good health has long been known. Most people want to keep their natural teeth forever. Even if you take good care of your teeth, tooth loss maybe inevitable.
Healthy or sick, young or old, we all want three things as long as we live: to eat, to smile and to talk. With the help of dental implants, or their viable alternatives, all three can continue as long as we live.